Menopause symptoms and treatment

Menopause Symptoms and Treatment with Dr. Anna Cabeca

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Anna Cabeca talks about menopause symptoms and treatment, and creating hormonal balance with a keto-alkaline diet.

Dr. Anna Cabeca is a board certified Gynecologist and Obstetrician, as well as board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, an expert in Functional Medicine, and an expert in women’s health. She specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and natural alternatives, successful menopause and age management medicine. Her belief is that the advantages of creating health and hormone balance are that we not only improve our own health, but also improve the health of our generations to follow.

Main Questions Asked: 

  • What is the difference between normal menopause symptoms and common menopause symptoms?
  • How does hormone replacement work and how can it help?
  • How can we get our body into the fat burning mode?
  • What does alkaline mean and how does it affect the body?
  • What are the most important foods we can eat to get to an alkaline state?

Key Points Made by Dr. Anna Cabeca: 

  • Normal menopause symptoms include changes in temperature, skin structure, and vaginal lubrication.
  • Menopause is traditionally measured from one year after your last menstrual period but isn’t always accurate.
  • Severe symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, decrease in sex drive, and weight gain and weight loss resistance.
  • Proper treatment involves simplifying your life and minimizing stress.
  • Our physiology drives our behaviour.
  • Getting your body into an alkaline state is how we detoxify. Being in ketosis gets the body into a fat burning state.
  • Having your body in a keto/alkaline state improves your energy and hormone balance.
  • Urine test strips measure the number of ketones in your urine which indicate whether your body is in ketosis and how acidic or alkaline it is.
  • Blood acidity doesn’t change, but the pH of our urine changes often. Being in an alkaline state will prevent your body from leeching calcium from your bones which happens when your body is acidic.
  • Leafy greens including spinach, beet greens, and kale are very alkalizing. Apple cider vinegar, lemon, and lime are alkalizing as well.
  • Removing acidity and sugar is key. Being in ketosis while acidic can be difficult.
  • Test, don’t guess. The first step is to find out what state your body is in right now and then go from there.
  • The three main causes of disease are hormonal imbalance, adrenal dysfunction, and inflammation.

Resources Mentioned:

Dr. Anna Cabeca interview – What Nobody Ever Tells You about Bio-Identical Hormones

Free eBook – 3 Menopause Mistakes That Leave You Feeling Fat, Tired, and Stressed

Dr. Anna’s website

Mighty Maca

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again

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